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 By Gloria Schlaefli    Columns    May 6, 2021 

Country Roads

Though mothers are thought of and remembered all year through, Mother’s Day is a special time to be thinking of her. Though my mother and both of my mother-in-laws, whom I had been blessed, are no longer with us, their love and devotion to their...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    May 6, 2021 

Puffs

I have a sister-in-law from Chicago who expressed her surprise at the length, depth, and extent Nebraskans discuss current weather conditions. On one of her first visits to the Lawrence area she was blessed with a rain. After being out and visiting...

 
 Columns    May 6, 2021 

Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting Biblical answers to tough questions Q: Why would a good God allow demons to exist? A: Let me begin with some background. For those who don’t know, the Bible tells us that there are a multitude of spiritual beings called angels who...

 

Country Roads

A drive on the country roads this week would show fields covered with beautiful purple flowers blooming ever so proudly. Now if you are a K-State fan, or a fan of the color purple, it would look pleasing to the eye, but if you are a farmer, this...

 

Editor's notebook

Monday morning I received an e-mail message from a former country school teacher advising it was going to be a nice day and I should schedule a reporting and photography trip that would allow me to be outside. It was a suggestion I wanted to accept....

 

My Crazy Life

I got the taxes done, and we got our refund. Yay! We paid off a debt that has been weighing on me for almost a year now. I can’t tell you how good that felt. We even had money left so we decided to see if we could get some things we need, like...

 

Country Roads

It’s prom time! Area high schools have been hosting the annual proms the past two week-ends. Social media has been abuzz with photos of grandchildren, children and other students dressed up in their finest attire. Gone are the jeans with the cuts...

 

Editor's Notebook

Though we awoke Tuesday morning to find the ground was covered with puffy snow, apparently the custom harvesters are anticipating the arrival of spring and wheat to harvest in the southern states. The editor of this newspaper was looking out the...

 

Licorice, the ultimate treat

As a child growing up in Superior, a trip to Mel Thieme’s White House Grocery Store just across the street south of the Superior High School usually involved buying a bottle of pop, a candy bar, a Popsicle or an ice cream bar, but sometimes, it wou...

 

Puffs

What a trip . . . A gray wolf in Nebraska is something we often connect to our frontier heritage, most likely taken place in the 1800s. But, that may be changing. A bit unusual, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission reported last week that a large...

 

My Crazy Life

My baby attended his junior prom Saturday. How time flies! He looked so handsome and grown up in his tux. It’s hard to believe he will be a senior next year. I’m not sure if I should be getting the baby photo’s out and crying or celebrating tha...

 

Country Roads

This weekend was certainly a family and extended family week-end. Friday night we attended a high school play that our granddaughter had a part in. She is a senior this year and this was the second year she participated in a school play. It was fun...

 

Editor's Notebook

More than 40 years ago a friend employed by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development invited me to ride with him to a meeting in Thayer County. In exchange for my help with the meeting, I suspect he provided my supper. The Nebraska tourism...

 

Remembering Peter Rabbit

Recently, while visiting a Lincoln book store, I found a display of children’s books in a prominent position near the checkout stand. One of the books was a Peter Rabbit book. I almost bought it on impulse. Growing up in Superior, I had a lot...

 

Puffs

Education . . . I haven’t been to a commencement program at a university for some time now, but I was reminded the other day of one of the things that stood out at each university graduation ceremony. Besides the graduate, of course. That was readi...

 

My crazy life

Taxes! Most years the deadline to have taxes filed is today. I have not even started yet! Most years, I have them done and filed by Feb. 15, at the latest. Talk about procrastination; I’m becoming a Pro-crastinator! It’s on the agenda for...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    April 8, 2021

Editor's Notebook

Sunday I had just finshed dinner and was sitting in my living room sipping a cup of hot tea and making afternoon plans when members of the Superior Volunteer Fire Department were called to Webber. Rita and I gathered our cameras and headed to...

 

Country Roads

Writing has been a main interest of mine for many years. As a high school senior at ole Burr Oak High, I took a journalism class. Our teacher was Mrs. Mildred Mullins and she ran a “tight ship.” Everything went by the “book.” I don’t know...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    April 8, 2021

Puffs

Progress . . . The dictionary says the word means “to move forward, to develop to a higher, better, or more advance stage.” Sounds simple enough. The word has historically been applied to material things. For example the average automobile today...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    April 8, 2021

Love my crazy life

This week’s addition to Love my Crazy life is all about bloopers in DIY! DIY is short for Do It Yourself and has become all the rage since HGTV and the DIY channels made it popular. I don’t know about you, but I was a DIYer before it was...

 

Country Roads

It’s time to get the hard boiled eggs out of the refrigerator and the colorful dyes out of the drawer. Baskets are filled with thinly cut green paper that resembles grass. Soon the baskets will be filled with the dyed eggs ready for Easter. Easter...

 
 By Bill Blauvelt    Columns    April 1, 2021

Editor's Notebook

As this reporter and his wife were leaving for work Saturday morning, Rita noticed a large bird sitting in a tree east of the Windstream telephone building. We stopped to scrutinize the bird. It's...

 
 By Allen Ostdiek    Columns    April 1, 2021

Puffs

Not too long ago I wrote a little about my recent experiences with tumbleweeds and polio. This past week I received a short note from a woman who lives in Edgar regarding these subjects of interest. Concerning tumbleweeds, she says: “My memory on...

 
 By Teraesa Bruce    Columns    April 1, 2021

My Crazy Life

The planets aligned, and the “powers that be” finally decided to schedule my MRI. They called late Friday afternoon and set me up to go into the tube of horrors at 9 a.m., Monday. I am no stranger to this loud clanking picture-taking tube....

 

Country Roads

I have always been thankful I live in a small populated rural community, but within the past two or three years, I feel doubly blessed to live where I do. Farming and ranching is a good life. There has been rioting with the terrible looting and destr...

 

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